Rudy Mancke


Naturalist Rudy Mancke served as naturalist and co-host of South Carolina ETV's NatureScene which began it's long run in 1978. His field trips, broadcast nationwide, have earned him a legion of dedicated viewers. Rudy's knowledge of the complex inner-workings of different ecosystems and his great admiration for the natural world make him the perfect guide. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation and the Garden Club of America honored his commitment to resource conservation with special awards. Since retiring from SCETV, Rudy has gone on to teach at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Before coming to television, Rudy served as the natural history curator at the South Carolina State Museum for 10 years, and was a high school biology and geology teacher. He earned a degree at Wofford College, attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina, and received honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Charleston, Winthrop College, and Wofford College.

Rudy Mancke currently hosts NatureNotes on both SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio.

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Cooper's Hawks seem to be more numerous this year.

Nature and Art

Feb 9, 2015

A naturalist looks at nature portrayed by artists.

No Sand Fleas?

Feb 6, 2015

Sand Fleas? Mole Crabs? It depends where your are from.

The culprit may well have been a recent cold snap.

There are reports of sightings of flowers and insects coming in, some of which are unusual for this time of year.

Remembering environmentalist Thomas Wyche.

Groundhog Day!

Feb 2, 2015

Groundhog Day!

Early budding of some plants this year.

Three Types of Lichens

Jan 29, 2015

Three types of Lichens

Angle-wing Katydid

Jan 28, 2015

The Angle-wing Katydid is a "false Katydid"--it just looks like the real thing.

Favorite Books on Insects

Remembering Peggy King

Jan 23, 2015

Remembering Peggy King

A Leaf-footed Stink Bug on the patio furniture.

Curious about what might emerge from that cocoon you found? Rudy tells you how to properly handle and care for a cocoon.

Oak Apple Gall

Jan 20, 2015

An Oak Apple Gall can look like a fruit, at first glance.

A Buck Moth is caught in the act of first spreading its wings.

Jelly Fungi - "Black Jellyroll"

Saying goodbye to the old Columbia Science Museum.

Bald Eagle Nest Cam

Jan 14, 2015 and offer a birds-eye view of a Bald Eagle nest.

"Sea" Gulls?

Jan 13, 2015

Gulls that you'll find over-wintering on local lakes, ponds, and rivers.

Three naturalized plants that are flowering now.

Bur Marigold

Jan 9, 2015

Bur Marigolds are common in South Carolina, but, you have look for them in wetlands.

Shrews feed on Voles and other mammals.

The Bald Cypress Tree has male and female cones.

The Great Leopard Moth Caterpillar is a bristly creature.

Box Elder "Snow"

Jan 5, 2015

Shake a small Box Elder tree this time of year and you are likely to experience a "snowstorm" of floating seed, 'coptering to the ground.

Firefly Larvae

Jan 2, 2015

Firefly Larvae can glow just like adults.

Words for the New Year

Jan 1, 2015

Some words for the new year from the journal of Henri Frédéric Amiel.

Flicker on the Ground

Dec 31, 2014

Northern Flickers are a type of woodpecker you might spot on the ground as often as in a tree.